SELECTED CLASSIC CHILDREN'S BOOKS*

[From: White, E. B., & Williams, G. (1945). Stuart Little. New York: HarperCollins.]

 

 

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

   The four March sisters grow into young ladies against the backdrop of Civil-War era New England.

 

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1873)

   Phileas Fogg attempts to travel around the world in 80 days.

 

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (1895)

   A scientist invents a time machine and then travels into the distant future.

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)

   Dorothy searches for the great wizard seeking help in returning home to Kansas.

 

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)

   When Sara Crewe's father dies, she finds herself left penniless and alone at a strict Victorian girls' school.

 

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (1908)

   A feisty orphan goes to live with an elderly brother and sister on rural Prince Edward Island.

 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahme (1908)

   The adventures of four animal friends who live near a river in the English countryside.

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911) 

Ten-year-old Mary goes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers a mysterious locked garden.

 

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926)

   Ten classic tales featuring Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Christopher Robin.

 

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932)

   The author recounts her memories of growing up in the Wisconsin frontier.

 

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (1935)

   An eleven-year-old tomboy grows up in the Wisconsin frontier.

 

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1935)

   Another volume of the author’s memories of growing up the frontier West.

 

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater (1938)

   Mr. Popper receives a special delivery in the form of a crate full of penguins.

 

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley (1941)

   A boy and a horse find themselves shipwrecked on a desert island.

 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)

   A tiny prince from a from a tiny planet visits Earth. 

 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (1944)

   This is the tender story of a little girl who claims to have one hundred beautiful dresses at home, yet she wears the same dress to school every day.

  

Stuart Little by E. B. White (1945)

   When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's son Stuart born, he looks like a mouse and is only about two inches tall.  This novel recounts Stuart’s many adventures.

 

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1945)

   Pippi shares her house with a horse and a monkey, but without any parents.

 

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (1947)

   A rollicking fantasy about Professor William Waterman Sherman’s 1883 hot air balloon flight across the Pacific.


Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary (1950)

   Henry adopts Ribsy, a stray dog of no particular breed, and together they engage in a series of humorous adventures.

 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)

   In this first entry in the classic fantasy series, four children step through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia.

 

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. (1951)

   Loving tales of growing up in a large family in New York City's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century.

 

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1952)

   Charlotte (a spider) decides to help save Wilbur (a pig) from certain death.

 

The Borrowers by Mary Norton (1953)

   A family of miniature people lives in the floorboard of an old country house and survives by borrowing things from the humans who lives above them.

 

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (1960)

   A country cricket arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (1960)

   A young girl spends eighteen years alone on an isolated island off the coast of California.

 

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

   James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach.

 

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)

   Milo drives through a toy tollbooth into a land of fantasy and adventure.

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

   Meg and Charles journey through space to rescue their missing father.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)

   Five children win a contest, entitling them to tour Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

 

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1967)

   Claudia and her younger brother run away to live in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald (1967)

   J. D. narrates a series of adventures and misdeeds starring his crafty older brother .

 

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970)

   A twelve-year-old girl talks about her problems to God.

 

The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (1970)

   When Sara's developmentally disabled brother disappears, she attempts to find him.

 

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (1970)

   Louis, a Trumpeter Swan with no voice, is determined to learn to play the trumpet.

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (1976) 

   Living in the South during the 1930s, the African American Logan family faces devastating discrimination and prejudice.

 

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)

   Jess and Leslie invent invent the secret kingdom of Terabithia.

 

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (1978)

   An eleven-year-old foster child dreams that her mother will return to rescue her from her current foster home.

 

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton (1985)

   A collection of African American folktales told by slaves and their descendants. 

 

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (1985)

   Tall, plain Sarah travels to the prairie West as a mail-order bride.

 

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1987)

   Brian survives a plan crash to find himself stranded alone on a wooded island.

 

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)

   Ten-year-old Annemarie helps shelter her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Denmark.

 

Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto (1990)

   A collection of short stories that portray Hispanic childhood in Fresno, California.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1997) [First American Edition: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1998)]

   This first title in the series recounts Harry's first year at a school for witches and wizards. 

 

 

 

 

 

*This list includes juvenile fiction (chapter books) only.  It excludes picture books, nonfiction, young adult books, etc.

 

 


created 05/01/02; last updated 12/19/17